Thursday, December 06, 2012

Sketch 25 - face -- and Word up for 2013

As some of you may know, my new year's resolution takes the form of a single word for the year rather than a declaration or list of goals. I swear by the power of a single word to transform my year. I think the main reason it works is its simplicity. It is easy for the mind to hold a single word and put energy behind it, and with energy, comes action and positive change.

I've been doing this for at least five years, and my life continues in a direction that reflects -- more and more -- who I am and what I need.

For 2012, my word of intention was power --my own personal definition of power -- which encompasses choice, and freedom, and financial security, to name a few. Even when I struggled through times in which I felt like the opposite was actually at work in my life, I just reminded myself of my word, and my circumstances began to fall into place. I have learned to just focus occasionally on my chosen word, and let it do the rest.
My word for 2013 has been in the wings for a couple of months already. I have been working for the past 25 days to put it into practice early. My word is discipline. I've read a number of articles this year written by artists and other successful creative professionals, and almost all of them name discipline as a key component in their success. And then this quote landed in my in-box a few weeks ago...

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires.
Seek discipline and find your liberty.
-- Frank Herbert (author, Dune)

So sometimes, you don't even have to choose a word. It chooses you.

holiday sweet


Createology said...

How very sweet. I agree one word works throughout the year. How right you are...sometimes the word finds you. I like your 2013 word...discipline. Sweet Joy Dear...

Marilyn Rock said...

Love your holiday sweet! I believe in your word discipline. I use it, myself, without even realizing it. Particularly with exercise. I discipline myself to get out, each day, and walk through, rain, sleet, snow - just like the mailman or should I say mailperson.

I'm sure whatever word you choose, or chooses you, your success will's already arrived as far as I'm concerned.

fran p. said...

your sweetie is sweet....think the word that chose you is great especially with the goals you have set for yourself! it is a power word!!!